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Long Island DAR supports many projects

May 17th, 2012 5:05 pm by Susan Kendrick Lauhoff

Long Island DAR supports many projects

The DAR supports many projects, and helps maintain historical markers and American Revolutionary veteran gravesites.

When the British crossed the pond, a hard fought American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783 brought independence to this country. In honor of those men and women who achieved our freedom, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was established over 100 years later in 1890 and incorporated by Congress in 1896.


Their motto exemplifies the organization: "GOD - Home - Country."


The first July 4th celebration west of the mountains was celebrated in 1777 on the Long Island of the Holston River in Kingsport. The local Long Island chapter was founded by nine charter members in 1929. History in the DAR archives proves today’s women are not as formal as earlier members. Instead of hat and glove gatherings around tea parties, work gloves have replaced white gloves. However, each meeting still begins with prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and reading of America’s Creed.


The DAR supports many projects that include veterans, U.S. military personnel, underprivileged children, genealogy research, ROTC, Constitution week, college scholarships and history essay contests. Historical markers and American Revolutionary veteran gravesites are maintained. Interests also include preserving historical sites such as Blountville’s Deery Inn and Anderson House, as well as Kingsport’s Exchange Place, Netherland Inn and Yancey’s Tavern.


Regent Ellen Sims said, "If you are a woman at least 18-years-old, can prove lineal descent from the American Revolution, and have interests in preserving history, patriotism and education, then you may apply for DAR membership."


Currently, the NSDAR membership exceeds 170,000 in 3,000 chapters across the country and internationally (including Great Britain)! If interested in learning more or becoming a member, contact Julie Hyatt at jkshyatt@centurylink.net. Information is also available on the Tennessee DAR’s website at www.tndar.org/ or the national headquarters at www.dar.org.

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